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Hillary Clinton
Russia, Putin, Trump, French election

GOP Resists Calls For Independent Russia-Trump Probe

Most Republicans have either downplayed a need for an independent probe into Russia’s activities or rejected the idea entirely. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to call for greater urgency amid FBI investigations and in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ support for Donald Trump during the primary campaign.

February 27, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

How Healthy Are We The People?

When Congress returned home, Republicans got clobbered at town hall meetings. These scenes made me check up on our democracy’s wellness. Bad news: The body politic’s muscles got flabby in the last 16-17 years. Blood pressure up, and too many Cheetos, not enough kale.

February 25, 2017
Steve Bannon, GOP, Republicans

At CPAC, Steve Bannon Calls Media The Opposition Party That Is ‘Always Wrong’

During a rare public appearance at CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon wasted no time in criticizing the media. Referring to the media, Bannon remarked,”You know but we’ve known it since August 15th, I think if you look at the opposition party and how they portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they’re portraying the administration, it’s always wrong.”

February 23, 2017
Women's March protest signs

Trump’s Misogyny Takes Its Toll On Women

Although many activists had assumed voters would reject a nominee caught boasting on tape about grabbing female genitalia, Trump’s victory signaled a disturbing public acceptance of such retrograde behavior. His actions since then have generated growing fear that the Trump administration heralds a return to the policies—and the predations—of the past.

February 22, 2017
Constitutional Crisis, GOP

Why We Could Be On The Verge Of A Constitutional Apocalypse

If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before—hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. They could outlaw the New Deal and its social democratic programs. And if they get crazy enough, they could end separation of church and state and undo other portions of the Bill of Rights.

February 22, 2017
Michael Moore, Anti-Trump

Resisting Trump Is Easy With Michael Moore’s 10-Point Plan

Moore recently unleashed “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump,” which contains Moore’s list of tactics for resisters all over the country to take on. Part of Moore’s plan is to take over the Democratic Party, which means to him getting Congressman Keith Ellison elected to head the DNC when it meets this Saturday, February 25.

February 22, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a personal send-off for members of the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia’s Pension Money For Its Veterans Flows Freely Into U.S.

U.S. investigators are examining whether this river of pension benefits intended for Russian military veterans is somehow mixed up in efforts to undermine last fall’s U.S. election and put Donald Trump in the White House.

February 21, 2017
A woman is silhouetted against a projected image of the Democratic National Committee during its Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting in Washington May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Does The Race For Democratic Party Leader Matter?

The awkward confrontation between Democrats’ old guard and a rebellious set of young activists is an apt metaphor for the party’s current conundrum as it tries to respond to the populist angst rippling through America.

February 21, 2017
Social Media, Trump

How Social Media Stars Are Fighting For The Left

Since the election, social media stars have joined the Women’s March and protested Trump’s policies and executive orders. But their activism is also perilous. These entrepreneurial content creators not only risk offending their fans, but may also lose advertising revenue and brand sponsors as a result of their activism.

February 21, 2017
Trump voters

Can Liberals Learn To Love The Trump Voter?

It is possible—and necessary—to loudly condemn the racism essential to Trump’s rise, the racism his voters articulated and countenanced, while simultaneously building a broad political movement that targets if not those very voters, then ones very much like them who stayed home on election day. However, doing so requires abandoning the most comforting liberal narratives about the right and its supporters.

February 20, 2017
Obama

Imagine If Obama Offered Trump Advice From His Island Paradise

I heard your voice like a firebell in the middle of the night — from that beautiful phone — but you know, I can’t be at your beck and call. Here I am on an island in the blue, taking time out from writing timeless prose from the chamber of my mind. The world is waiting for another memoir. Michelle’s here, but she does not send her regards. My wife has serious issues with you, and says Melania does, too.

February 18, 2017
Trump, Presser

#EndorseThis: Trump Rants At Presser, Comedians Rejoice

Donald Trump’s first solo press conference as president had all the trappings of a perfect late night comedy sketch: bizarre rants about Michael Flynn and Russia, the usual lies about his “huge” electoral victory, and plenty of unhinged moments involving what Trump called “real leaks, fake news, and the dishonest media.”

February 17, 2017
Working-class

Heaven Help The Little Guy In This Administration

Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.

February 17, 2017
Democrats

Democrats Look To Exploit Trump’s Troubles

The president’s tumultuous first four weeks in the White House — highlighted by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and renewed questions about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government — have given Democrats an unexpected lift less than a month into the new White House.

February 17, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

5 Unreal Moments From Trump’s Bizarre Press Conference

President Trump’s bizarre press conference on Thursday, which saw the president openly berate the White House press corps and suggest an African American reporter was friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, likely did little to assuage fears about Trump’s erratic behavior. It was, in a word, a mess.

February 17, 2017
Trump border tax

What Is Donald Trump’s Biggest Fear?

Trump doesn’t seem to fear failure — after all, he’s filed for bankruptcy four times — so much as he fears not being seen as successful. Appearances are paramount in the Trump universe, and frankly, things are not looking so good these days.

February 17, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Angry Trump Dismisses Russia Controversy As ‘Scam’ By Hostile Media

President Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a “ruse” and “scam” perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year’s election.

February 16, 2017
Putin

What We Know About The Russia-Trump Campaign Contacts

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that there had been no pre-election contact between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials. But given the uproar over Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador, questions about ties between the Kremlin and the new U.S. administration are likely to linger for some time.

February 16, 2017
Farms, Food

It’s Time To Put Food Policy Back On The Table

The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban sprawlers, and corrupted political elites squeeze the life out of farmers and rural America.

February 16, 2017
Russians, Trump,

Republican Senators Push For Answers On Trump’s Russia Ties

Republican Trump critics including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham voiced fresh consternation, but comments by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who has been a Trump supporter, increased the pressure on the White House.

February 15, 2017
Ellison, DNC

It’s Time To Change The Democratic Party

The race for Democratic National Committee chair is not just about who has the glamour and skills to turn around a party that spent more than $1 billion last year, lost more than 1,000 statewide and congressional seats during Obama’s presidency, and has the least power in 75 years. It’s about how that turnaround will be done.

February 13, 2017
Voter Fraud

Elections Official Asks Trump For Evidence Of Voter Fraud

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, who was appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush, asked Trump to “immediately share his evidence with the public and with the appropriate law-enforcement authorities so that his allegations may be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”

February 11, 2017
loyalty

This Washington ‘Swamp’ Has No Drain!

For an industry premised on dealmaking, the return of one-party rule in Washington offers the welcome end to political gridlock. That means major policy changes are in the works, which promise to fundamentally alter billion-dollar industries. Far from draining the swamp, the Trump administration is poised to make it rain.

February 9, 2017

When Right-Wing Media Was In Love With Paid Protesting

Many right-wing media figures have accused anti-Trump protesters of being “paid” on a widespread basis to demonstrate against President Donald Trump. Not only do these allegations lack any evidence of a systematic effort, they also ignore the fact that the conservative tea party protests of the early 2010s were “astroturfed” — heavily supported and organized by large, outside groups like the Koch brothers.

February 8, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

The Democratic Party Finds Its Voice In The Protests Against President Trump

The fight over the future of the Democratic Party has been decided in the streets. The swelling crowds at women’s marches and the chanting airport cadres protesting President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan have finally pushed the party to the left after years of mincing steps in that direction.

February 7, 2017